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Dec

3

2016

All Mountain Powder Skis 2017: Head Collective 105

30 percent on-trail / 70 percent off-trail

head collective 105

One of the dampest and most stable skis in the category, the Collective 105 refuses to get bucked around by buried crust and groomer debris. We favored this rockered, wood-core ski for blasting groomers with a few inches of fresh snow on top, but it’s equally adept in the alpine bowls, moving from chalky steep snow, to wind-battered sastrugi, to crystalline nieve penitente—look the last two up. The even flex and round turn make for predictable handling. “Soft, yet stable, with endless grip,” said a tester.

Swami gripe: The traditional build means Head hasn’t pulled much weight from the tip and tail. That’s a demerit when you want to pivot and slarve in tight trees or oversized bumps, but it’s a merit when you want to haul arse in the big wide-open.

Swami like: Need to fill out your quiver? The price is right.

Overall: 4.2 Sluffability: 4.8 Hard Snow Pleasure: 4.2 Dimensions: 146/105/128

Head Collective 105

$700

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